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Carmichaelia odorata - leafy broom, fragrant broom

Pea family: Fabaceae

Carmichaelia odorata is a small shrub with flattened green stems (cladodes) spread in a distinctive fern-like pattern along  drooping  branches. Small leaves divided into 5-7 leaflets are present in spring and summer. The small white to pink flowers are strongly fragrant. 
An endemic species found on the southern part of the North Island and northern part of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric


Flower size: 3-4 mm x 3-4mm long

Leaf form: leaves absent or present and divided into 5-7 oblong leaflets, notched at the tip

Sepals:  5

Leaf size: leaflets up to 13 mm

Petals:  5, white, pink

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipules fused into scales

Stamens: 10

Leaflet margin: smooth

Ovary: above

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry